Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 Review: Full Specification And Price

The first Alcatel Flash Plus (designed by Alcatel) was a huge success, largely due to its low price tag and high specifications. However, it was hampered by less than adequate build quality and camera problems, not to mention badly designed UI. When the Flash 3C designed Alcatel Flash Plus 2 (still sometimes branded as an Alcatel or TCL device) was announced, it did so at the low price point of $160 on gearbest. To put this in perspective, phones containing the aging MTK6752 and MTK6753 were still selling at a strong $160 in April/May 2016, during which the Flash Plus 2 was announced. People were excited, an MTK6755 (Helio P10) processor and Full HD screen for $160? Count me in! Considering the cheapest phone containing the Helio P10 costs at least $200, this is an extremely cheap option. There were some detractors and skeptics who remembered the less than adequate build quality, camera issues, and software of the original Flash Plus, and they had a leg to stand on. Well, as of August 2016, the time this review was published, this is the cheapest MTK6755 phone available to date. Will it be worth it? Or should you spend a little more? Find out in the full review of the Alcatel/TCL Flash Plus 2. You can buy this device for $160, the 3GB version costs $180. If you use the coupon code “GBAlcatel”, you can bring the price down to $150USD.

Alcatel Flash Plus 2 Build Quality
If I had to describe the Flash Plus 2 in two words, it would be sleek and simple. There are no pronounced edges that attract attention nor are there flashy chamfers. Instead, it’s quite a simple rectangle with moderately curved edges. Simple does not automatically exclude this phone from being sleek, and this is a true testament to the Flash 3C company’s design team. They have created a simple smartphone that holds its own against any flagship out there without resorting to audacious design decisions. However, it does come in a rather flashy and unclassy (in my opinion) gold colour and that was the unit I was provided.

The 5.5” full HD display impresses. The IPS OGS screen provides decent contrast, with blacks being quite deep for an LCD screen and whites being for the most part, white. You do detect a slightly yellow tinge that doesn’t really affect your experience other than when comparing directly with another screen. The screen itself is crisp and clear. You put it side by side with the Oneplus 3, and in terms of crispness the Flash Plus 2 is slightly behind. However it is still an absolute pleasure to read news in Google Play Newsstand, which in my opinion has one of the most well formatted articles for mobile. The contrast between black words and white background is immediately apparent on the Flash Plus 2, and the pictures pop as well.

Powered by a 3000mAh battery, the Flash Plus 2 promises to take you through a single day without charging. We are a little skeptical here, since the original Alcatel Flash Plus had a sizeable 3500mAh battery. However, if you need to charge midway through the day (E.g. Pokémon Go), it is also quick charge capable, advertised as charging your phone up to 80% in 50 minutes. As a battery aficionado, most current flagships cannot make it throughout a day with me without charging as I am considered an extra heavy user.

Alcatel Flash Plus 2’s Camera
The original Alcatel Flash Plus was advertised as a camera centric phone, and the same goes for the Flash Plus 2. Thankfully, the cameras do a good enough job. The rear facing 13MP wide angle camera takes good photos in good lighting conditions. More than sufficient detail is captured in each shot, and I would say that under the most ideal conditions, it can take some pretty crispy photos.

Captured colour is also pleasing to the eye; colours are deep and contrasty.

Flash Plus 2 detailed Specifications

Form factor Touchscreen
Dimensions (mm) 152.60 x 76.40 x 8.20
Weight (g) 157.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 3000
Removable battery No
Colours Venus Gold, Luna Silver
SAR value NA

Screen size (inches) 5.50
Touchscreen Yes
Resolution 1080x1920 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 401

Processor 1GHz  octa-core
Processor make MediaTek Helio P10 MT6755
Internal storage 16GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 128

Rear camera 13-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 6.0

Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/ g/ n
Bluetooth Yes, v 4.10
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2

SIM 1  
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

SIM 2  
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) No

Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No



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